The Subaru WRX STI is due for release in Japan in early 2014, but will we ever see it sold in the UK? Subaru fans were disappointed to learn the new WRX STI wasn’t to be sold in the UK due to a lack of demand, but recent changes in the market mean we might just be seeing it hit our shores after all.
It’s an improvement in the exchange rate between the Japanese Yen and the English Pound that’s responsible for the possibility that Subaru will alter their previous decision and release the model in the UK. The discussions to evaluate the potential for the WRX STI in the UK market will take place in the autumn, with the final decision being made towards the end of the year in either October or November.
It’s a long wait for Subaru and performance car fanatics alike, who are eagerly awaiting what they hope will be good news. Until then, there are reviews of the WRX STI online, so check this one out in the meantime.
Many reviewers are highlighting the costs of running a car like the Subaru WRX STI, and with CO2 emissions of 243g/km, a large tax bill is one of its main expenses. Most owners are only likely to manage 20mpg, and it’s been reported than hard use will cause fuel consumption to drop to single figures, so expect to spend a small fortune on fuel if we ever see it come to the UK.
Insurance is also a huge point of expense, and performance car insurance is notoriously expensive, so this is certainly no car for penny pinchers. Negatives aside, the plus points of the Subaru WRX STI are said to be its ability to come alive on fast, twisting country lanes, as well as its practicality and safety kit.
Whilst practicality is probably low down on any performance car lover’s list of desirable attributes, the WRI STI actually makes a very good family car. Its spacious boot and decent amount of leg room means it might just suffice as a household investment; that’s if you can afford the small fortune it will cost to run.
So, it’s not certain, but it’s a possibility that the WRX STI will indeed be coming to the UK sometime next year. If you’re itching to find out as soon as the decision’s made, keep up to date by signing up for the Subaru newsletter here.